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Hartebeest Self-drive Safari

This self-drive safari focuses on the best cultural experiences in Namibia. Visit a Himba village and enjoy three days living with the San Bushmen interspersed with some excellent wildlife watching.

Hartebeest Self-drive Safari: Day-by-day

More detailed information of what each day entails, and the various places you’ll stay on the Hartebeest Self-drive Safari. Everything we do is completely tailor-made so while this is an idea which works well, we’ll always design an itinerary just for you.


Day 1

Starts: Windhoek International Airport

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Day 1

Pick-up car: Windhoek International Airport

13:00
Windhoek International AirportNamibia

To help get your adventure underway as swiftly and smoothly as possible we’ll arrange for your hire vehicle to be ready and waiting for you on arrival at Windhoek International Airport. The rest of the day is then yours to explore the city or recuperate from the flight.

Villa Violet
Day 1

Villa Violet

1 night
Bed & BreakfastWindhoek, Namibia

Villa Violet is a small guesthouse run by helpful owners, Ben and Heidi Dassac. Situated in the suburb of Klein Windhoek, just a five-minute drive from the city's central business district, it's a convenient and comfortable base for an overnight stay in Windhoek at the start or end of a holiday in Namibia.

Villa Violet

Villa Violet is a small guesthouse run by helpful owners, Ben and Heidi Dassac. Situated in the suburb of Klein Windhoek, just a five-minute drive from the city's central business district, it's a convenient and comfortable base for an overnight stay in Windhoek at the start or end of a holiday in Namibia.

"really nice place to stay, to start and end a Namibia holiday"

Mr LeenPfromLewes

Arrived 22 Oct 2019, 1 night

Villa Violet is a simple and friendly place to stay in Windhoek and, while you are here, you can easily explore some of Windhoek's highlights. See our full report on Villa Violet

90%
100 reviews of Villa Violet by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Cultural excursion

Spitzkoppen Lodge
Days 2-4

Spitzkoppen Lodge

2 nights
Half BoardDamaraland, Namibia

At last, travellers can explore the majesty of the Spitzkoppe massif from a comfortable, attractive lodge in a dramatic setting. Strung out among the boulders at the foot of the mountain, Spitzkoppen Lodge is almost dwarfed by the surrounding grandeur.

Spitzkoppen Lodge

At last, travellers can explore the majesty of the Spitzkoppe massif from a comfortable, attractive lodge in a dramatic setting. Strung out among the boulders at the foot of the mountain, Spitzkoppen Lodge is almost dwarfed by the surrounding grandeur.

Granite boulders smoothed over millennia gleam red in the evening sun, their nooks and crannies populated by busy rock hyrax. Deep in those crevices are hidden galleries of San rock art, hinting at the history of these ancient hills. And high above looms the lofty pinnacle that is Spitzkoppe itself.

Sensibly, the brains behind the lodge have kept their touch light, letting the setting speak for itself. High walkways weave over and around the rocks between the chalets and the hub of the lodge, with mountain views at almost every turn.

Light floods into the rooms and the central area from giant picture windows, with natural wood and soft fabrics adding to the sense of space. And the pool – set into a natural depression with magnificent views from the surrounding rocks – simply adds to the drama.

"Highly recommend this lodge... more about landscape rather than game viewing."

Mrs M & Mr DfromGermany

Arrived 6 Dec 2020, 1 night

Head out across the plains from your chalet and explore the private reserve in solitude, or join a guided walk or drive, perhaps taking in the Zebra Pool or a magnificent rock arch. Then return to herald the sunset, drink in hand, and reflect on the wonders of nature. See our full report on Spitzkoppen Lodge

95%
23 reviews of Spitzkoppen Lodge by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Guided walking safari

Self-guided walking

Ozondjou Trails
Days 4-6

Ozondjou Trails

2 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesDamaraland, Namibia

Opened in September 2016 Ozondjou Trails is a tented camp, overlooking Namibia’s Ugab River. Ozondjou is derived from a Herero word meaning elephant, which is an apt name for a property located close to the Elephant Human Relations Aid (EHRA) base camp. Staying here not only affords a good chance of spotting the areas desert-adapted pachyderms but also benefits them by supporting both EHRA projects and local farmers.

Ozondjou Trails

Opened in September 2016 Ozondjou Trails is a tented camp, overlooking Namibia’s Ugab River. Ozondjou is derived from a Herero word meaning elephant, which is an apt name for a property located close to the Elephant Human Relations Aid (EHRA) base camp. Staying here not only affords a good chance of spotting the areas desert-adapted pachyderms but also benefits them by supporting both EHRA projects and local farmers.

"We didn't think it could get better but it did."

Mrs TfromReading

Arrived 15 Jul 2018, 2 nights

We are excited to see a new camp in a popular area. Ozondjou Trails promises to be a versatile tented camp in an interesting location and we have high hopes for it! We’ll post more details here when we have them, but meanwhile ask us for the latest information. See our full report on Ozondjou Trails

90%
2 reviews of Ozondjou Trails by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Guided walking safari

Khowarib Lodge
Days 6-8

Khowarib Lodge

2 nights
Half BoardDamaraland, Namibia

Few visitors make it to Kaokoland, but for the adventurous traveller, Khowarib Lodge makes a rustic base for exploration. Dwarfed by the craggy cliffs of the Khowarib Gorge, the setting of Khowarib Lodge is nothing if not dramatic. Black eagles wheel in the skies above, the waters of the Hoanib River weave past, and giant iron masks stand guard at the entrance, as if in acknowledgement of mountain spirits.

Khowarib Lodge

Few visitors make it to Kaokoland, but for the adventurous traveller, Khowarib Lodge makes a rustic base for exploration. Dwarfed by the craggy cliffs of the Khowarib Gorge, the setting of Khowarib Lodge is nothing if not dramatic. Black eagles wheel in the skies above, the waters of the Hoanib River weave past, and giant iron masks stand guard at the entrance, as if in acknowledgement of mountain spirits.

The lodge itself, all rustic wood and thatch, fits perfectly into the setting, with artwork by local people adding to the sense of place. The staff, too, are local, balancing the potentially austere surroundings with attentive and friendly service; a visit to a Himba village can help you to understand a little about their culture.

Down by the river, tented rooms beneath a canopy of riverine trees jut out over the water, so you’ll be lulled to sleep by the gurgle of the river as it flows beneath. Co-owned by Caesar Zandberg, a professional guide of some renown, Khowarib is designed as a jumping-off point for exploring Kaokoland. How much more adventurous than the lodge’s pool to cool off at the base of the Ongongo Waterfall? Or to combine a spot of birding with a search for the desert-adapted elephant?

The region may be remote, but there are rewards aplenty. See our full report on Khowarib Lodge

84%
5 reviews of Khowarib Lodge by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Guided walking safari

Mountain Lodge
Days 8-10

Mountain Lodge

2 nights
Half BoardEtosha National Park, Namibia

The newest addition on the Etosha Heights Reserve, Mountain Lodge, also marketed as Etosha Mountain Lodge it opened to travellers in March 2018. On the southern boundary of Namibia’s Etosha National Park this private reserve covers 600km², within this the lodge will be situated on the side of a dolomite hill offering views of the surrounding bush.

Mountain Lodge

The newest addition on the Etosha Heights Reserve, Mountain Lodge, also marketed as Etosha Mountain Lodge it opened to travellers in March 2018. On the southern boundary of Namibia’s Etosha National Park this private reserve covers 600km², within this the lodge will be situated on the side of a dolomite hill offering views of the surrounding bush.

" excellent excursions, animals and views, our favourite place to stay in Namibia"

Mr LeenPfromLewes

Arrived 5 Oct 2019, 2 nights

Mountain Lodge promises to be a luxurious lodge in the wild and harsh environment of the Etosha Heights Private Reserve. So we have high expectations for their brand new Lodge, and we expect it to maintain the same understatedly stylish feel and firm safari focus. As soon as one of our team has visited the lodge, these pages will be updated. See our full report on Mountain Lodge

97%
7 reviews of Mountain Lodge by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Guided walking safari

Night drive

Onguma Bush Camp
Days 10-12

Onguma Bush Camp

2 nights
Half BoardEtosha National Park, Namibia

Fully fenced, and the most economical property on the private Ongama Reserve, Bush Camp is a great option for families. Indeed, with two categories of family rooms, a dedicated games room, a sparkling swimming pool (with shaded sunloungers so you can watch your little ones in comfort), and a platform overlooking the waterhole that attracts plenty of plains game, this is a camp built with families in mind.

Onguma Bush Camp

Fully fenced, and the most economical property on the private Ongama Reserve, Bush Camp is a great option for families. Indeed, with two categories of family rooms, a dedicated games room, a sparkling swimming pool (with shaded sunloungers so you can watch your little ones in comfort), and a platform overlooking the waterhole that attracts plenty of plains game, this is a camp built with families in mind.

But Bush Camp is far from basic. Air-conditioned, en-suite rooms are kitted out with ceiling fans, en-suite bathrooms, even hairdryers – a definite luxury on safari. The food is good, the staff friendly, and the location – adjacent to Etosha National Park – would be hard to better.

It’s a great place for exploring the park on your own, but indulging in a game drive brings the bonus of a knowledgeable guide who can answer all those wildlife questions. And on the Onguma Reserve, even the smaller creatures get a look in during guided walks.

"Nice lodgings for family of four. Lovely pool."

Mr J.fromIreland

Arrived 13 Apr 2019, 2 nights

Perhaps the best option on the reserve, though, is the hide, where you’ll be at mind-boggling eye level with the birds and animals that come to drink at the waterhole. For children (and their families), that is one experience they’ll never forget. See our full report on Onguma Bush Camp

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74 reviews of Onguma Bush Camp by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Guided walking safari

Night drive

Nhoma Camp
Days 12-15

Nhoma Camp

3 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesBushmanland, Namibia

Nhoma Camp is a small tented camp in a remote area of the north-east Kalahari known as Bushmanland which takes its name from the nearby village of //Nhoq'ma. The camp is run by Arno and Estelle Oosthuysen who have worked with and to the benefit of the Bushmen in this area for many years.

Nhoma Camp

Nhoma Camp is a small tented camp in a remote area of the north-east Kalahari known as Bushmanland which takes its name from the nearby village of //Nhoq'ma. The camp is run by Arno and Estelle Oosthuysen who have worked with and to the benefit of the Bushmen in this area for many years.

"Best part was interacting with San people, we wanted wildest Africa - got that."

Mr JfromCoventry

Arrived 24 Jan 2020, 3 nights

Nhoma Camp is in a remote location, so stay for three nights or more. It’s a chance to participate in village life in a sensitive yet authentic way, and learn about a hunter-gatherer culture that is totally unlike our own. This can be a unique and incredible experience, but what you get out of it will depend very much on your approach to your time with the Bushmen. See our full report on Nhoma Camp

95%
39 reviews of Nhoma Camp by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Ghaub Guest Farm
Day 15

Ghaub Guest Farm

1 night
Half BoardCentral Highlands, Namibia

Situated in the heart of the Otavi Mountains, the 11,800 hectare Ghaub Guest Farm was a mission station from 1895 to 1968. It was then renovated and turned into a guest farm which opened in 1999. The ten spacious rooms and main buildings have retained much of their historical character. The farm changed hands in 2007, but the new owners have kept the style of the rooms and buildings the same, simply sprucing them up with a lick of paint and a few new pieces of furniture.

Ghaub Guest Farm

Situated in the heart of the Otavi Mountains, the 11,800 hectare Ghaub Guest Farm was a mission station from 1895 to 1968. It was then renovated and turned into a guest farm which opened in 1999. The ten spacious rooms and main buildings have retained much of their historical character. The farm changed hands in 2007, but the new owners have kept the style of the rooms and buildings the same, simply sprucing them up with a lick of paint and a few new pieces of furniture.

"outside was an ideal place to sit, relax and watch the plentiful birdlife."

Mr C & Ms BfromMacclesfi

Arrived 20 Nov 2018, 2 nights

Ghaub Guest farm is a delightful spot with fresh home cooking. It is conveniently situated between Otavi and Tsumeb, and makes a good stopover if you are on your way from somewhere like Okonjima to Etosha. See our full report on Ghaub Guest Farm

90%
34 reviews of Ghaub Guest Farm by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Cultural excursion

Guided walking safari

Self-guided walking

Villa Violet
Day 16

Villa Violet

1 night
Bed & BreakfastWindhoek, Namibia

Villa Violet is a small guesthouse run by helpful owners, Ben and Heidi Dassac. Situated in the suburb of Klein Windhoek, just a five-minute drive from the city's central business district, it's a convenient and comfortable base for an overnight stay in Windhoek at the start or end of a holiday in Namibia.

Villa Violet

Villa Violet is a small guesthouse run by helpful owners, Ben and Heidi Dassac. Situated in the suburb of Klein Windhoek, just a five-minute drive from the city's central business district, it's a convenient and comfortable base for an overnight stay in Windhoek at the start or end of a holiday in Namibia.

"really nice place to stay, to start and end a Namibia holiday"

Mr LeenPfromLewes

Arrived 22 Oct 2019, 1 night

Villa Violet is a simple and friendly place to stay in Windhoek and, while you are here, you can easily explore some of Windhoek's highlights. See our full report on Villa Violet

90%
100 reviews of Villa Violet by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Cultural excursion

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Day 17

Drop-off car: Windhoek International Airport

12:00
Windhoek International AirportNamibia

After many miles together it's time to hand in the keys to your vehicle back at the airport where you began.

Day 17

Ends: Windhoek International Airport

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